We haven’t tried to sort out what happened to the creationists in yesterday’s primary election results, but we did find two political articles — both from Michigan — in which creationism was mentioned.
Candidates in a contentious, five-way GOP race to represent most of Livingston County in Lansing were forced to answer pressing issues in short order on Tuesday. The candidates faced-off Tuesday in a forum moderated by the Daily Press & Argus at Howell High School.
And who were the five candidates? We’re told:
On the Aug. 5 GOP primary ballot, voters will chose among Howell Mayor Phillip Campbell, retired teacher Ted Ring, “tea party” activist Wendy Day, Harold Melton and Handy Township Supervisor Hank Vaupel. Ring has dropped out of the race but will still appear on the primary ballot.
The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Jordan Genso, who is running unopposed in August, on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.
So it’s a four-way race for the GOP nomination. Let’s skip to the creationism:
In a series of “lightning rounds,” the candidates sounded off on everything from abortion to the minimum wage. … All did support, however, having creationism being taught in public school classrooms as an opposing argument to evolution.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! They’re all creationists!
That’s about a race for the state legislature. Now we’ll move on to the other story we found today, about a congressional race. It’s in the Detroit News of Detroit, Michigan. Their headline is 8th District candidates make their case in Howell forum.
Republican Mike Bishop is running against state Representative Tom McMillin for the GOP nomination in the Aug. 5 primary, to see which of them runs for an open congressional seat. While we’re looking for creationism, here’s something else of interest. And yes, the bold font was added by us:
Both said they don’t believe humans are to blame for global climate change. “I don’t doubt that the climate is changing, but I do not believe that the sole source of climate change is due to man,” Bishop said. “I believe it’s a cycle and that we’ve seen this over the thousands of, the millions of years of the existence of this planet.”
When the moderator asked McMillin if he believes the climate is changing, he dryly replied: “The climate is different today than it was yesterday and it will be different tomorrow than it was today.”
At least Bishop isn’t a young-Earther — he said “millions of years.” That a risky position for a Republican candidate. Hey — they don’t talk about creationism! But their Democrat opponents did discuss it. Let’s read on:
During an earlier session, the four Democrats vying for the chance to take on the winner of the Bishop-McMillin race shared the high school auditorium stage and displayed some differences in their positions on economics and social issues. The Democratic candidates are Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, Central Michigan University professor Susan Grettenberger, former state demographer Kenneth Darga and attorney Jeffrey Hank.
The candidates were asked whether creationism — the belief that the universe is the result of a divine act that rejects the scientific theory of human evolution — should be taught in public school science classes.
How did the four Dems handle the issue? Not as well as you might have expected:
Schertzing and Grettenberger said no. Darga, an economist who describes himself as a “moderate” Democrat, said yes, citing “free speech.” Hank, an East Lansing attorney, also voiced support for introducing creationism in public education. “Not in science classrooms, but it should be discussed in public schools,” he said.
Shocking! Two of the four Dems want creationism in the public schools. The last of those, Hank, then elaborated:
When pressed by the moderator to give a yes or no answer, Hank replied: “In science classrooms? Yes, it should be discussed to the extent that you weigh it against scientific theory.”
We’re not certain what he’s saying. It could be okay, but it smells like the usual “strengths & weaknesses” of evolution.
Anyway, that’s all we could find. It’s not much, but Michigan is a Midwestern state, so you might consider it a fair sampling of how politicians think these days. Alas, too many of them don’t seem to think at all.
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